Tropical Treat Night at Garfield Park Conservatory, February 15th, 3PM

Explore Plant Education

Tropical Treat Night at Garfield Park Conservatory

Wednesday, February 15th

3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (stop by anytime)

300 N. Central Park

For more information, contact 312-746-5100.

Enjoy a tasty treat while learning about the “sweet plants” of the Conservatory. Fact and flavor stations will be staffed by educators throughout the Conservatory, featuring chocolate, chicle, vanilla, cinnamon, chewing gum, banana and more. Come taste your way through the tropical paradise.  Hands-on activities, including homemade paper ukuleles, Valentine’s day cards and more.

C3 volunteers make a big splash on Adopt-a-Beach Day


C3 Southeast Regional Network Ashe Park Beach Clean Up 9.25.10

On Saturday, September 25, C3 leaders, teachers and students went above and beyond to protect our region’s greatest natural resource; the Great Lakes Basin by participating in the Adopt a Beach Clean Up Day. C3′s partner organization Alliance for the Great Lakes is the local impetus behind the mobilization around International Coastal Clean-Up Network. C3 volunteers could be found on beaches from South Shore to Rogers Park taking water quality samples and collecting garbage and recyclables.

C3 teams hosted the following sites:
Southeast Regional Network: 74th Street Beach
C3 Leader Suzanne Meyering: Howard Beach
C3 Teacher Steve Arnam and the C3 student club at Northside College Prep: Montrose Beach

The Southeast Regional C3 Network
Southeast side C3 leaders joined forces with C3 students and teachers through their participation in C3′s Regional Network initiative. Since August 2010, the Southeast Regional Network has been organizing community members for the Adopt a Beach event as a way to mobilize the community around an identifiable community conservation issues. Their team was made up for C3 leaders from neighborhoods throughout the southeast side and C3 teachers from Neil and Mireles elementary schools. In addition, they were joined by students from Neil Elementary School and the Sea Scouts from the Chicago Yacht Club. Additional support for this event was provided by Ashe Park Advisory Council members and officers, Alderman Sandi Jackson, Alliance For The Great Lakes, C3 Leaders, Calumet Stewardship Initiative (CSI),Subway Catering, Veronica Kyle from Faith In Place, Faye Patterson & Glenn Brooks of the C.A.P.S implementation office, Third District C.A.P.S. office, My Soul Cafe. El Barakah food store.

What are Regional Networks? C3′s Regional Networks are local hubs of C3 volunteers, both leaders and student clubs, that have joined together to address local community conservation initiatives that address regional environmental strengths and challenges. Find out more about how to get involved in the C3 Regional Network in your area.

Explore Environmental Stewardship: 9.25 Adopt a Beach Day

Join the Alliance for the Great Lakes for this unique stewardship opportunity. On September 25 from 9am -12pm, volunteers will convene on beach-side locations throughout Chicago to demonstrate their commitment to Great Lakes conservation.

C3 leaders and teacher will be hosting volunteers at two specific sites:

Ashe Park Beach Clean Up
Hosted by the Ashe Park Advisory Council and the C3 Southeast Regional Network
2701 E 74TH ST


Montrose Beach Clean Up
Northside College Prep and the C3 Student Conservation Club
Montrose and Lake Shore Drive

Be sure to register today with the Alliance for the Great Lakes before it’s too late!

Buy tickets for Shrek the Musical and support C3

August 18th, 7:30pm showing of Shrek the Musical at the Cadillac Palace Theater (151 W. Randolph Street)

The Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) is teaming up with Broadway in Chicago and Dreamworks’ Shrek the Musical for a special night of “fun”draising in support of C3.

We invite you to attend this special event in support environmental education. 20% of the proceeds from your ticket purchase will be donated to the C3 Student Clubs program, a program that support environmental education for CPS students. Be sure to use the promotion code CORPS when purchasing your tickets.

Note: C3 will ONLY be eligible for funds purchased using the code CORPS when you select your seats.
For more information view the OFFICIAL FLYER.

Email contact C3 with further inquiries at conservation@cityofchicago.org.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Green Field Day June 11 9:30-12:30 at IIT

Friday, June 11
C3 Trainee, Yvonne White-Morey:
On Track for the Environment –Greening a School Field Day Event

9:30 am -12:30 pm

The 4th Annual Chicago Virtual Charter School Field Day Event will be a lot greener this year as students incorporate green games with track and field events.

Yvonne will coordinate the addition of a Green Resource Center designed to educate students and their families on Recycling/Upcycling options, Vermicomposting, improving indoor/outdoor air quality by making green cleaning solutions and taking alternative transportation, energy efficiency and water conservation. Students will receive refillable water bottles. Families will take the $800 Savings Challenge.

Following awards and raffle prizes, families will gather on the lawn of Illinois Institute of Technology for a picnic lunch and hear a green literacy reading of Seeds of Change by Author Jen Cullerton Johnson, from her book based on the life of Wangari Maathai, the first African woman and environmentalist to win the Nobel Peace Prize. (Four C3 leaders or trainees willing to make ten-minute presentations on the environment to students and families are still needed.) 

For volunteer opportunities, contact C3 trainee Yvonne: ywm@alumni.depaul.edu
773-944-0757

Earth Wine and Fire: Earth Day benefit party Fri April 23

Earth, Wine and Fire is a charity event intended to benefit the environment. It will occur on Friday April 23, 2010, the day after Earth Day, from 5-11PM (a movie screening of No Impact Man starts at 5:00; the party kicks off at 7:00). We expect it to be a fun party hosted by a small group of community folks who banded together to create an enlightened evening with a purpose. We intend to educate, incite action and enjoy. Buy your tickets in advance for a discount. $25 now; $35 on the day of the event. Includes: Entry, 3 tickets that can be used for drinks or the raffle, appetizers, music, entertainment and full access to all Nature Museum exhibits! Additional beverages available for purchase. Children 12 and under are free. Join the party! Buy your tickets at www.EarthWineAndFire.com!

Join the C3 Student Club Network

Gage Park C3 Club building a vermicompost bin


The Chicago Conservation Corps is now recruiting CPS teachers to attend our Spring 2010 orientations in anticipation of the 2010-2011 school year. At the orientation, you will learn how to start and run an after-school environmental service club for 8th-12th grade CPS Students through the Chicago Conservation Corps (C3). Club projects include recycling, worm composting, water conservation, and anti-idling campaigns. Teachers involved receive a stipend, materials, project guides, training and other resources from the Chicago Department of Environment.

Attend one of the orientations listed below to learn more. To reserve your seat now, please contact (312) 743-9283 or conservation@cityofchicago.org.

Tuesday, April 13- 5pm-6pm
Chicago Center for Green Technology
445 N. Sacramento Chicago, IL 60612

Wednesday, April 14- 4:30pm-5:30pm
Vaughn High School
4355 N. Linder, Chicago, IL 60641

Thursday, April 15- 4:30pm-5:30pm
Neil Elementary School
8555 S. Michigan, Chicago, IL 60620

To apply you must be a Chicago Public School teacher (8th – 12th grades) and attend an orientation. Three 2010 – 2011 workshops will be held on Tuesday evenings at the Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 N. Sacramento Blvd, Chicago, IL 60612.

For more information about the Chicago Conservation Corps Leadership Training Course, the Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) Student Clubs, or to learn about other volunteer opportunities, visit www.chicagoconservationcorps.org.

Spring 10-11 Club Outreach Flyer

A FOREST FOR EARTH DAY

A Forest For Earth Day

You can help protect one of the worlds most beautiful and diverse rainforest habitats when you participate and recycle with public schools in Chicago just in time for the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day. Recycle Tech Solutions (RTS), a local cell phone & electronics recycler, is working with individual Chicago public schools through RTS’s Dream Green collection program. Our program goal is to collect 25,000 cell phones among the 600 Chicago public schools before Earth Day on April 22nd of this year. Please speak to your schools environmental leader about ways you can participate.

Brazil’s Atlantic Forest – Planting a Billion Trees Campaign

Centuries ago, the Atlantic Forest covered nearly 330 million acres, an area roughly the size of the eastern seaboard of the United States. Today only 7 percent remains, much of which is in isolated fragments. Home to 130 million people, the Atlantic Forest has taken heavy hits from urban expansion, coastal and industrial development, agriculture, ranching and illegal logging. Despite the forest’s diminished state, 70 percent of Brazil’s population relies on it for its drinking water.

How Can You Participate in A Forest For Earth Day?

One qualified cellular phone, Smart Phone, PDA device or MP3 Player plants one tree. It’s that simple. When you collect and recycle with Dream Green, you’ll contribute to the goal of planting a billion trees and help the Nature Conservancy protect and restore Brazil’s Atlantic Forest.

1-2-3 Easy Steps to Rewarding Recycling

1) Recruit your green team and set an initial collection goal of 200 cellular phones

2) Promote your program in newsletters, websites, letters, posters to local business’ and encourage students, parents, staff, teachers, PTA, community leaders to bring your school used cell phones, smart phones, PDA devices and Mp3 players to be recycled – I have 5 old cell phones at home!!!

3) Contact Dream Green (http://www.recycletech.org/dreamgreen.html) through the web at DreamGreen@recycletech.org and request shipping guidelines & postage – paid shipping materials after 50 phones / devices have been collected. We also provide postage paid envelopes for smaller shipments to be passed out to offsite locations.

RTS will donate $1.00 to the Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees campaign in your schools name for every qualified phone collected. For more information on the Plant a Billion Trees Campaign go to www.plantabillion.org

As a bonus, for every location, when 50 or more qualified phones are recycled in a single shipment, you will receive from the Nature Conservatory:

· Personalized certificate with signature photo of the Atlantic Forest commemorating your generosity

· Colorful fact sheet about the Atlantic Forest

· Plant a Billion Trees magnet set

· World map

· Four issues of Nature Conservancy magazine to keep you informed all year about the many places the Conservancy is working to protect. (Plus, we’ll rush the current magazine issue along with your personalized certificate!)

· Great Places E-Newsletter subscription to our monthly e-communication with local conservation updates, enviro-tips you can use and stunning nature photography downloads.

Best of all, you’ll get the satisfaction of knowing you’re helping to protect this extraordinary wild habitat now and for future generations. Please help plant trees today!

C3 Events and Opportunities: July 2009

You care. Do something. We’ll help.
The following is a list of events coordinated by our C3 Leaders and Trainees, as well as volunteer opportunities facilitated by our C3 Partners. For a full listing of events, visit the C3 Calendar.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

- July 11: Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale in Lawndale/Pilsen
- July 11: Earth, Water, Fire and Air Workshop at the Life Force Arts Center
- July 11: Pedal Party in the Park in Rogers Park
- July 16: Green Families Adopt-A-Beach at Hartigan Beach
- July 18: Ecological Restoration at Powderhorn Woods
- July 19: Worm Composting in Logan Square

Pat Marshall: Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Distribution in Lawndale/Pilsen

- Saturday, July 11, 9am – 5pm
- Thomas Chalmers School, 2745 W. Roosevelt Rd.

C3 Leader, Pat Marshall will host a Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Distribution Event this coming Saturday at Chalmers School. Residents are asked to reserve their rain barrel and/or compost bin in advance, so please contact Pat at pdgrainbarrelcompost.marshall at gmail.com if you would like to purchase a bin or barrel. You must receive an e-mail confirmation of your reservation in order to pick up a bin or barrel at the event.

Rain barrels are $45 and compost bins are $35 payable by check or money order ONLY (no cash), limit one rain barrel and one compost bin per household per year. Checks should be made out to “City of Chicago”. Barrels and bins are reserved for Chicago residents only.

Keith Green: Earth, Water, Fire and Air – Conservation, Sustainability, and Eco-Spirituality
- Saturday, July 11, 12pm – 3pm
- Life Force Arts Center, 3148 N. Lincoln Ave.

Earth, Water, Fire, and Air is a workshop to educate both the earth-based religious community and the general Chicago community about conservation efforts and air quality issues in Chicago. Attendees will take away home-made green cleaners, aerators for their sinks, powerstrips, reusable water bottles, and environmental literature to help get them started on making their lives greener. Email conservation at cityofchicago.org to reserve a spot.

49th Ward Green Corps: Pedal in the Park Party in Rogers Park
- Saturday, July 11, 10am-2pm
- Touhy Park, 7358 N. Paulina (across from the new Clark Street fire station)

The 49th Ward Green Corps is looking for volunteers who might like to help with the “Pedal Party in the Park” this Saturday. Volunteers are needed to help kids decorate their bikes with found objects and used wrapping paper, ribbons, etc. More info is located here.

Jen Khatchatrian: Beach Cleanup at Hartigan Beach

- Thursday, July 16, 10am – 1pm
- Hartigan Beach, 1031 W. Albion Ave.

Come out to Hartigan Beach every third Thursday of the month for a FREE family friendly event that includes food, drinks, beach sports, education, litter monitoring and water testing. Hartigan Beach is conveniently located next to the Loyola el stop so no parking is necessary; however, if you need to park there is ample street parking. Contact Jen at 773-960-1623 or feel free to text or email at chicagogreenfamilies at gmail.com.

If you can’t make it on Thursdays, weekend events are also scheduled every first Sunday of the month at the 12th St. Beach at Northerly Island at 1pm. More information is located on the C3 Calendar.

Friends of the Forest Preserves: Powderhorn Woods
- Saturday, July 18, 9am – 12pm
- Powderhorn Woods (on Brainard, just south of Burnham on Chicago’s southeast side)

Join Friends of the Forest Preserves for an ecological restoration workday. Ecological restoration consists of invasive species removal, trash collection, prescribed burns, and gathering seeds from a prairie or woodland to restore the natural health of the ecosystem. It’s a chance to get outside, meet new people and enhance our local ecosystems. Contact Alice Brandon at 312-356-9990.

How to Feed Red Worms in Logan Square: Vermicomposting Workshop
- Sunday, July 19, 1-2:30 p.m.
- Paseo Prairie Garden, Kedzie and Milwaukee Ave., in front of the South entrance of the Logan Square Blue Line
- Rain Location: Logan Square Neighborhood Association, 2840 N. Milwaukee Ave.

C3 Leader, Paula Levin and her project team will help participants build their own worm compost bins and learn how to care for them. Composting helps reduce waste, toxins and greenhouse gases. It also helps nourish gardens and house plants without costly, toxic fertilizers. For more information, email paulalevin8 at gmail.com.

DOE News and Opportunities – June 2008

Department of Environment News and Opportunities – June 2008
- June 7: Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility Open
- June 9-11: NeoCon at Merchandise Mart
- June 13: Bike to Work Day Rally
- June 21: Environmental Resource Event at U.S. Cellular Field
- June 30: Registration Deadline for Solar PowerUp! for Kids
- Alert: Protect yourself and your family from West Nile Virus


Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility Open

- Saturday, June 7, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- 1150 N. North Branch St.

Celebrate summer by ridding your home of unwanted chemicals, paints, and computers. Bring in your old computers, monitors, cell phones and household chemicals this Saturday to the City’s permanent facility at 1150 N. North Branch St., 2 blocks east of the Kennedy at Division St. for proper recycling and disposal. For a complete list of accepted materials, visit www.cityofchicago.org/Environment and click on “Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility” on the right-hand column.

NeoCon
- Monday June 9 – Wednesday June 11 at the Merchandise Mart
- Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

At NeoCon® World’s Trade Fair, discover thousands of innovative products and resources for corporate hospitality, healthcare, retail, government, institutional and residential interiors from more than 1,200 showrooms and exhibitors. Stop by the Chicago Center for Green Technology’s booth to learn about their programs and check out green product samples. For more information on NeoCon, visit www.neocon.com.

Bike to Work Day Rally
- Friday, June 13, 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.

Riding your bike can help displace more than 238 million gallons of gasoline annually and reduce the amount of volatile pollutants, such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide, released by vehicle emissions. Choose the healthy alternative and become a bike commuter. The Bike to Work Day Rally challenges commuters to put down the keys, step off the bus and bike their way to work! Join fellow cyclists, local media celebrities, live bands and the City of Chicago at Daley Plaza for a day full of activities from 7:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Cyclists will enjoy live music and receive a free continental breakfast and T-shirt while supplies last. For more information, visit www.bikechicago.us or call (312) 744-3315.

Environmental Resource Event
- Saturday, June 21, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- U.S. Cellular Field, 333 W. 35th St.

Be Safe at Home: Exchange household hazards for environmental resources. Participate in the Department of Environment’s second Environmental Resource Event of the year. Take this opportunity to:
- properly dispose of your household hazardous waste
- recycle your old computers, monitors, laptops and cell phones
- keep medicines out of our water system by bringing them for proper disposal
- pick up a free compact fluorescent light bulb (limit one per household)
- drop off your old gas-powered lawn mower and receive a $100 rebate towards an electric or push mower
- reduce your landfill waste by purchasing a $30 outdoor compost bin and reuse rain water by investing in a $40 rain barrel (both are available to Chicago residents only, must pay with check or money order, limit 1 per household)

Questions? Call the Chicago Department of Environment at (312) 744-7606.

Chicago Solar Powerup! For Kids
- Session 1: July 14- 18; Session 2: July 21-25. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 N. Sacramento Blvd.
- Registration ends June 30

The Chicago Center for Green Technology wants future scientists, engineers, and designers for the 3rd annual Chicago Solar Powerup! Solar Powerup gives students ages 9-11 the opportunity to design, build, and race model solar cars while learning about renewable energy sources. Students are give instructions in various design factors and then work in teams to build their car. Following testing, these workshops culminate in a series of one-on-one races in a tournament on Daley Plaza on Wednesday, July 30, to determine champions.

Please note: Registration is limited to 20 students per session and will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis. Spots may only be reserved by the receipt of payment ($75, check only) no later than 2 weeks prior to the first class. Before mailing in payment, please call (312) 746-4155 for availability. Limited scholarships are available.

Alert: Protect Yourself and Your Family from West Nile Virus

This information bulletin is an advisory to assist members of the public in taking precautions to minimize their risk of exposure to the West Nile Virus (WNV). WNV infection is an illness conveyed to humans primarily by mosquitoes. In most cases, people infected with WNV either show no symptoms or have very mild flu-like symptoms, called West Nile fever. WNV is an urgent issue that needs to be taken seriously in the Chicagoland area every summer. Since WNV can affect anyone, we ask that the following steps be taken to prevent or minimize any chance of mosquito bites:

Get rid of sources of stagnant or standing water in your backyard or neighborhood, as mosquitoes can reproduce in standing water that exists for more than 4 days.

- Call 3-1-1 immediately to report any stagnant or standing water than needs to be removed – it is important to provide the location and number of days that the water has been there.
- Protect your skin by wearing protective clothing such as long pants, shirts with sleeves, and socks.
- Use insect repellants containing the active ingredient DEET (chemical name, N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide). Products containing DEET are available in various liquids, lotions, and sprays and do not present a health concern as long as the product labels are read and directions are followed. DEET has been approved for use by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).
- For more information, go to the Chicago Department of Public Health’s webpage that can be found under the City Departments link at www.cityofchicago.org and look for the West Nile Virus information under the Infectious Disease link.

Open House at Pivot, Feb 27

Education and fashion unite to promote a smarter, greener future for Chicago

What: Pivot, Chicago’s first eco-boutique, hosts an open house event to benefit the Academy for Global Citizenship, a new Chicago Public Contract School on the Southwest Side. Opening for Kindergarten and First Grade students in August 2008, the school aims to be a national model for sustainable education by empowering all children to become active world citizens. It will be the only Chicago Public School with a core mission to incorporate environmental and international mindedness into all aspects of their innovative curriculum design.

Five of the school’s sustainability and wellness initiatives will be highlighted at the Pivot event, including an organic garden, solar energy installation, yoga, nutrition education, healthy breakfast and lunch. Guests will have an opportunity to learn more about sustainability and how to support the school’s initiatives. 15% of the evening’s sales will also be donated to the school.

When: Wednesday, February 27, 6 pm to 9 pm
RSVP: pivot@pivotboutique.com or 312.243.4754

Where: Pivot, 1101 West Fulton Market (corner of Fulton Market & Aberdeen)

Opportunities and grant programs in Illinois

Illinois Rain Garden Initiative
The Illinois Rain Garden Initiative is designed to empower students and communities to confront local flooding concerns, restore native Illinois prairie habitats, and learn about green solutions to storm water management. The Lieutenant Governor’s Office will award 22 grants of $500 each to plant rain gardens. Eligible organizations include public institutions, non-profit groups and schools. * Applications are due February 29.*

http://www.standingupforillinois.org/cleanwater/rg_index.php

Playbook for Green Buildings and Neighborhoods
The Playbook, a web-based resource, provides strategies, tips, and tools that cities and counties can use to take immediate action on climate change through green building, green neighborhoods, and sustainable infrastructure. The Playbook is designed both for communities that are considering making the first steps toward these, and for those who want to take existing efforts to a new level.

http://www.greenplaybook.org/

Illinois Recycling Grants Program
The Illinois Recycling Grants Program helps communities, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations collect and process materials for recycling through both, technical and financial assistance.

http://www.commerce.state.il.us/dceo/Bureaus/Energy_Recycling/Recycling/irgp.htm

Illinois Zero Waste Schools Grant Program
The Illinois Zero Waste Schools Grant Program is a funding opportunity for K-12 Illinois schools to implement or expand recycling and waste reduction programs. The purpose of the grant is to assist Illinois schools in achieving zero waste status, thus increasing the amount of solid waste diverted from Illinois landfills. Zero Waste Schools Grant funds may be used to purchase project-related capital equipment such as collection containers, reusable cafeteria utensils, and erasable classroom slates. * **Applications
are due February 15.*

http://www.commerce.state.il.us/dceo/Bureaus/Energy_Recycling/Education/ISTEP_Zero_Waste_Schools.htm

Recycling Expansion and Modernization (REM) Program
The REM Program awards matching grants to Illinois organizations and businesses to accomplish recycling market expansion and waste reduction goals, while demonstrating public economic benefits. * **Proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis.*

http://www.commerce.state.il.us/dceo/Bureaus/Energy_Recycling/Recycling/Grants/REM_Program.htm

Pro Bono Green Purchasing Assistance from RPN
The Responsible Purchasing Network, at the Center for a New American Dream, is offering pro bono assistance to five state and local governments committed to harnessing institutional procurement as a means of reducing waste, achieving greenhouse gas emissions goals, limiting toxic and hazardous substances, and improving community health. * **Proposals are due March 10*.

http://www.responsiblepurchasing.org/news/news_detail.php?config%5br311%5d%5binstance_uid%5d=92

Looking for Educational Programming in Chicago?

Educational Programs: A list by the Calumet Stewardship Initiative (CSI)

The Calumet Stewardship Initiative (CSI) lists several educational programs on its website http://www.calumetstewardshipinitiative.org – click “Education”. The Calumet Stewardship Initiative envisions a Calumet region marked by vibrant communities and cultures, healthy natural areas and a strong economy. Toward this end, the Calumet Stewardship Initiative engages residents and member organizations in partnerships that advance nature education, environmental stewardship, scientific discovery, cultural understanding and economic growth.

Please feel free to distribute and post this link for anyone who might be interested. Thanks!

Celebrate Fall at Eden Place

Eden Place is hosting a Fall celebration of Fuller Park’s food, crafts, and family — bringing together a wide range of artisans, vendors, and entertainment. A good time for all!

Come for seasonal food, a flea market, agricultural exhibits, wagon rides, music, storytelling, and the only urban pumpkin patch for miles around. Admission is FREE. Food and special activities revenue funds Eden Place programs. 43rd Place and Shields Avenue. More…

AND Teachers… Bring your classes out for petting zoo, hayrides, outdoor maze, and more — through October 31st. $6 per child includes hayride, activities and pumpkin. Help your kids connect with Nature in the City. Register Online or call 312-296-7339.

Chicago Conservation Club for Teachers

Thanks to all the teachers who participated in last Thursday’s Get-together.

We are excited to have 30 teachers at 22 schools leading after-school environmental service clubs with their students.

As promised, here is the powerpoint presentation that was shown. Good luck with your surveys and projects!

Contact me (312-744-3634 or sbeazley@cityofchicago.org) with questions or comments anytime — or if you are a teacher who is interested in joining next year’s program!

Land Presentation for Teachers

Getting Started in Calumet

Joann Podkul and Kevin Murphy are not fully certified (technically, because they still have one class to complete in October) but they are already busy on something.

Their project is the beautification of 100th Street between Avenues G and J on the Far South Side down the street from where they live. It is the north end of a wooded patch angled between a railroad line and a road leading to a power plant along the lake. It is the 100th Street entrance to Calumet Park. Here is a recent report on their progress:

We have been working with neighbors on a block yard sale, a block party and other events this summer and hoped to enlist their aid in this environmental project.

Meanwhile, we contacted the elementary school across the street and found that the principal supported the project and that a teacher in the building had long hoped to do what we were proposing at 100th Street. So add 7th and 8th grade classes to the mix, since that teacher enlisted another one to help. Overlay the above with the Field Museum’s Calumet Environmental Education Program, which the first teacher has been working with for a few years.

Field staff made an attempt to determine the owner of the land and get the owner to work with us. Those attempts were not successful but now the 10th Ward alderman’s office is ready to make the contact for us. The Field Museum will try to get a botanical evaluation (native vs. invasive species on the property), and all this before we have pulled out a single weed.

So, to date, we are in planning stage but our prospects look good for clearing space for a sidewalk and some spring bulbs, if nothing else.

We look forward to another report when they finish their last class in mid-October.